Saturday, December 20, 2014

What's Santa Bringing Your Pet This Christmas?

by Mary Kennedy                               
I asked book reviewer and all-around great guy Fred Yoder what he was giving Duncan (pictured above) for Christmas. Since Duncan is a fan of the Cozy Chicks blog, we figured discretion was in order, so at the moment, Duncan's gift is a secret.  By the way, I love this picture of Duncan.  He looks like he's straight out of an LL Bean catalogue in his adorable little parka, as he braves the elements to go on a daily walk with Fred.
In case you're wondering, most Americans do buy presents for their pets, to the tune of $5 billion annually. 63% of dog owners and 58% of cat owners have a present under the tree for their pets.
Since I've talked so much about my cats in this blog, I thought it would be fun to share a recipe for a great home-made doggie treat. (And yes, I made a box for Duncan and they are winging their way to him right now.) They're delicious and nutritious (at least I hope they are, I haven't tried them myself) and you'll be surprised at how easy they are to make.
Homemade Peanut Butter and Banana Dog Treats
Ingredients: one banana, one cup oat flour (I used regular flour) 3 Tablespoons peanut butter, one beaten egg, 2/3 cup rolled oats and 1/2 cup dried parsley. (You can substitute 1/4 cup of mint and 1/4 cup of parsley--either way, it gets rid of "doggie breath.)
Instructions: preheat oven to 300. Place banana in mixing bowl and mash with a fork or a potato masher. Add all the other ingredients and stir to combine. Set aside for 5 minutes. Roll mixture into 24 balls and place on parchment lined cookie sheet. (I didn't have parchment paper, but I had that paper from Reynold's wrap that has tinfoil on one side and paper on the other, and it worked out fine.) Use the back of a spoon or your hand to press each ball into a 1 and 1/2 to 2 inch cookie. Bake until firm and rich golden brown on the bottom 40-45 minutes. Set aside to cool and store in airtight container. Your dog will love them! 
Hope you and your pets will have a great holiday and I hope Duncan likes his doggie treats!
Mary Kennedy